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This book argues that the Caribbean frontier, usually assumed to have been eclipsed after colonial conquest, remains a powerful but unrecognised element of Caribbean island culture. Combining analytical and creative genres of writing, it explores historical and contemporary patterns of frontier change through a case study of the little-known Eastern Caribbean multi-island state of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Modern frontier traits are located in the wandering woodcutter, the squatter on government land and the mountainside ganja grower. But the frontier is also identified as part of global production that has shaped island tourism, the financial sector and patterns of migration.
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About the Author
Philip Nanton is a scholarly writer and a published poet. He is Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham and occasional lecturer at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados. He has made several radio documentaries on Caribbean literature and culture for the BBC.
Table of ContentsForeword: The Roaring by R.M. Kirkwood
1 Pirates of the Caribbean: frontier patterns old and new
2 Locating the frontier in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
3 Civilization and wilderness: the St. Vincent and the Grenadines context
4 Frontier retentions
5 Writing the St. Vincent frontier
6 Shifting rural and urban frontiers in St. Vincent
7 Conclusion by way of afterword